The Board of Directors of the State Theater Stuttgart has unanimously extended the contract of Artistic Director Tamas Detrich for another five years until 2028. Detrich took office in 2018 for an initial five-year term.
“Tamas Detrich has maintained the excellent artistic level of the Stuttgart Ballet,” said Theresia Bauer, chairwoman of the board of directors and minister of the arts for the state of Baden-Württemberg, in Stuttgart.
Tamas Detrich makes it possible for young dancers to take their first choreographic steps
“His high-quality and diverse programming which combines the John Cranko legacy and important works from the international ballet repertory with new works by contemporary choreographers, results in regularly sold-out performances. At the same time, Tamas Detrich makes it possible for young dancers to take their first choreographic steps. I am also grateful,” Theresia Bauer continues, “that the Stuttgart Ballet was so digitally active during the pandemic and, whenever was possible, also be performed for live audiences. Tamas Detrich has proven himself as an extremely constructive crisis manager. We look forward to a brilliant future for the Stuttgart Ballet under Tamas Detrich.”
Tamas Detrich said about the extension of his contract: “After the experiences of the last 18 months, I am more passionate than ever about leading this company, the dancers and staff of the Stuttgart Ballet and especially to be there for our audience. I will do everything in my power not only to maintain the high standard of dancing but to improve it and to offer unforgettable moments of classical ballet and contemporary dance. I am very grateful for the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors – this is a beautiful confirmation that our journey into the future can continue full steam ahead.”
Tamas Detrich, born in New York, is a graduate of the John Cranko School in Stuttgart and danced with the Stuttgart Ballet from 1977 to 2002. As a Principal Dancer for over 20 years, he took on almost all the leading roles in the repertoire, most notably in John Cranko’s great story ballets as well as in ballets by the most important contemporary choreographers, such as George Balanchine, John Neumeier, Hans van Manen, Glen Tetley and William Forsythe. Renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Maurice Béjart and Uwe Scholz have created roles especially for him. In 1998 Detrich was named Kammertänzer by the State of Baden-Württemberg; in the fall of 1999 he received the John Cranko Prize. As of the 2001/02 season, he served as ballet master; in 2009, he was appointed deputy artistic director. In 2018 he assumed the Directorship of the Stuttgart Ballet. In addition, he has rehearsed works by John Cranko and John Neumeier with companies around the world.